Collage on panel in artist-made frame with leather and automotive paint
68 1/2 x 68 1/2 x 3 1/2in (174 x 174 x 8.9cm)
Museum purchase with the Helen and Everett H. Jones Purchase Fund
Constructed of collaged cut paper, Kwabena presents a glittering, human-like portrait cleverly cobbled from appropriated images of opulence. Rashaad Newsome plays with layers of condensed jewel-encrusted surfaces, made-up lips, and clippings of rich textiles to create a glamorous feminine bust enclosed by a contrasting black background and ornate frame. Newsome's art is inspired by African art, Surrealism, and Dutch vanitas paintings, while also sampling heavily from hip-hop and Pop culture.
© Rashaad Newsome
Something to Say: The McNay Presents 100 Years of African American Art; René Paul Barilleaux, Lowery Stokes Sims (b.1949); 2018; p. 8, 19